Although Alaska is famous for its harsh climate conditions, residents and businesses are proud to say that life thrives here. The commercial scene is particularly vibrant, with business growth and activity continuing to climb over the years.
If you are looking to build or remodel your commercial location, we’ve compiled a list of the best commercial contractors in Anchorage, Alaska to help local business owners get the job done. Our editorial team selected these contractors based on their background, experience, and their unique ability to navigate the challenging conditions of building in Alaska.
2501 Blueberry Road, Anchorage, AK 99503
Neeser Construction is a leading general contractor with an extensive portfolio in the private, federal, state, and local government sectors. The firm’s employees have hundreds of years of combined experience in real estate development and design-build construction, enabling the firm to deliver logistically-challenging remote site projects throughout Alaska. Using a full range of contracting methods, Neeser has delivered over twenty-five K-12 School projects, airport construction projects, major civil projects, utilities, tank farms, as well as teacher and low-income housing throughout Alaska.
The firm has also completed work for brands Sam’s Club, Nordstrom Rack, Wal-Mart, and Target. Another example of the firm’s work is the South Anchorage Home Depot store, which was a fast-track project. The 14-acre site had to be leveled before construction could begin. The process took the firm 30 days and around 85,000 yards of Type 2 fill. After construction, the total 127,809-square-foot building included 96,516 square feet of sales area, 6,439 square feet of receiving area, 10,674 square feet of garden center, and 14,180 square feet of building material/storage area, and also included a tilt-up concrete exterior façade and a steel roof. The building was turned over to Home Depot on October 31, 2005 and then opened for business two months later, on December 8, 2005.
Davis Constructors & Engineers, Inc.
6591 A Street, Suite 300, Anchorage, AK 99518
If you’ve ever been to Anchorage, it’s likely that you’ve seen a project completed by Davis Constructors & Engineers. During its four-decade run the firm has completed over 300 projects totaling almost $2.25 billion throughout Alaska alone. The firm has provided school construction—both urban and rural— special housing projects, hotel construction, retail stores, and multi-story office buildings. It has also completed work for highly specialized aerospace facilities, cold storage facilities, and hospitals.
One example of the firm’s work on a retail project is the Tikahtnu Commons Target location in Anchorage, completed in collaboration with Mulvaney Architects. Tikahtnu Commons is a retail, dining, and entertainment hub serving customers in Alaska. The retail giant Target is known for offering clothing, home goods, and electronics. Target acts as an anchor for Tikahtnu Commons and is a huge draw for Alaskan shoppers statewide.
Cornerstone General Contractors, Inc.
4040 B Street, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99503
Cornerstone General Contractors has been offering an all-Alaskan general contracting option to the state’s leading organizations and businesses for almost three decades. Over the last two decades, the firm has specialized in new commercial construction and the renovation of existing facilities. The firm has completed projects in education, government, healthcare, housing, and industrial sectors in Anchorage as well as in Alaska’s more remote communities. Ultimately, the firm’s vision is to become clients’ first choice for construction in Alaska.
One example of the firm’s work on a commercial project is the New Medline Warehouse. Medline Industries, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, has been serving Alaska for years but it had outgrown its 30,000-square-foot warehouse. Medline enlisted the help of Cornerstone to design and build a new facility on King Street. The resulting warehouse is now 150,000 square feet in size, with 32 bays to accommodate the growing demand for medical supplies in South Central Alaska, Interior Alaska, and the Kenai Peninsula.
Unit Company General Contractors
620 East Whitney Road, Anchorage, AK 99501
Alaskan-owned Unit Company General Contractors was established in 1977 to perform design-build construction work for the Carr Gottstein Corporation. The company has since grown into one of the largest Alaskan general contractors and has constructed a wide variety of projects for public and private clients. The firm has completed multi-unit residential neighborhoods, multi-unit apartment complexes, commercial and retail facilities, industrial and institutional facilities, and healthcare and educational buildings. Some of the firm’s past clients include Alaska Airlines, Safeway Corporation, Anchorage School District, and many other major Alaska building owners.
Another example of the firm’s work is the Office Depot in Midtown and Downtown Anchorage. Unit Company General Contractors was selected to construct two 34,000-square-foot retail facilities for two owners under a fast-track design-build contract. Building construction involved concrete slab-on-grade, masonry exterior walls, structural steel, a metal deck, and an EPDM roof. Despite one of the sites unexpectedly revealing contaminated soil, which had to be remediated, the firm completed the facilities 120 days after the notice to proceed was issued and finished to work without any extension to the contract completion date.
Roger Hickel Contracting, Inc.
11001 Calaska Circle, Anchorage, AK 99515
Since its establishment in 1995, Roger Hickel Contracting has completed over 405 large projects on time and with no claims or any arbitration proceedings arising out of the performance of their work. The firm understands that Alaska has unique climate conditions, and has adapted to these conditions. The firm has also adapted to the short building season by instituting accelerated scheduling and special construction methods.
Examples of the firm’s work include the Walgreens Dimond and Creekside stores. Built concurrently in 2009, the two Walgreens stores were completed by RHC and the owner’s representative and design team within a quick nine months. The Dimond store in West Anchorage and the Creekside store in East Anchorage consisted of a 15,000 CMU block structure. For both projects, RHC performed all of the site work and concrete.
118 E International Road, Anchorage, AK 99518
Alborn Construction is a general contracting company that has been serving Alaskan clients since 2001. The family-owned and operated firm has completed a wide array of projects from Anchorage to Juneau and has worked with both government agencies and private property owners. When it comes to its portfolio, Alborn Construction has completed commercial projects, including tenant improvements and building modifications to major exterior upgrades and structural work.
One example of the firm’s work is the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Office in Juneau. In 2012, the firm undertook a remediation project at the office, following a health complaint filed by several employees. Before Alborn was hired, previous remediation efforts included installing new siding, new windows, and replacing a water-damaged carpet—all to no avail. With Alborn on board, the timeline came down to six to eight weeks and the required work was successfully completed that same year.
JKM General Contractors, LLC
1884 East 3rd Avenue, Suite 201, Anchorage, AK 99501
JKM General Contractors, LLC is an Alaska-based commercial contractor performing work throughout all areas of Alaska. The firm is owned and operated by Jorge Martinez. As of 2018, JKM expanded to the Phoenix Metropolitan area in Arizona, offering the area both residential and commercial construction services.
One example of the firm’s work is the Mazda Volvo Dealership in Anchorage. The dealership features glass siding which enhances the appeal of the building. It also offers a glimpse into the myriad of vehicles on display and brings the required sense of luxury to the facility. The canopy adds volume and height to the structure, making the building look and feel tall and inviting.
Cadence General Contractors
700 E 46th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503
Cadence General Contractors is an Anchorage-based builder providing value-added construction services to customers across Alaska. The firm’s projects have included education, financial, government, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, office, and retail projects. The firm is composed of a highly qualified team of seasoned construction professionals who share a collaborative relationship with one another and with their clients. Each of these professionals brings decades of relevant experience, ensuring that the clients enjoy a positive, focused approach throughout each project.
One example of the firm’s work is the Float 49 facility. Located in midtown Anchorage, Float 49 is a float tub business that is gaining wide use for everything from injury recovery to PTSD management. Float 49 is Anchorage’s only business of this nature, and this one-of-a-kind facility was built by Cadence General Contractors to include a reception, locker rooms, and the main tub areas.